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What is the goal of this Database?
This company database is a comprehensive information platform comprising profiles of companies and institutes in the life sciences field. The goal of this database is to provide an extensive overview on the life sciences area and detailed information on companies which are active in this industry.
 

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How many companies are listed in the database?
Please visit the page "Companies per Country" to get an overview on the number of companies of selected sectors that are activate in our database. Please bear in mind that we are continuously completing and updating the company profiles. If you know a company that is missing in the database, please use our "Add company" tool to inform us. We will then add a profile for the company and complete the information.
 
Who is the initiator of the database?
The initator and owner of this database is Venture Valuation.
 
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On what kinds of companies does the database provide information?
This information platform comprises detailed information on companies which are directly involved in or at least related to the life Sciences industry with a main focus on biotechnology and medical technology companies.
 
What categories are used for the database?
There are various criteria used for the categorization of the companies, such as sector, subsector, target diseases, business model, number of employees etc. Here you find a list with definitions of most criteria used for the categorization.
 
How can I find a company according to specific criteria?
You have the possibility to look for companies using the search form or to carry out an advanced search comprising nine different search criteria.
Please note: The relationship between the all criteria is an "AND-linkage". This means that companies shown on the result list have to meet all search requirements.
 
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On this site you find the definitions about the sector and subsector categorization used in the database.

BIOTECHNOLOGY - THERAPEUTICS AND DIAGNOSTICS top
Biotechnology companies are those that employ living organisms or biological substances for the development of products and services with applications in numerous fields such as waste management, food processing, agriculture and pharmaceutics. Companies categorized as Biotechnology-Therapeutics and Diagnostics are those whose core business is the application of biotechnology to the discovery and development of novel therapeutic compounds and probe molecules for applications in medicine. The other two main Biotechnology categories in the Biotechgate database are Biotechnology - R&D Services and Biotechnology - Other.
 
Antibodies: Companies whose primary research area is the production of antibodies.
Anti-infectives: Companies whose primary research area is anti-infective compounds such as antibiotics.
Biosimilars: Companies whose primary research area is biosimilars, also called follow-on biologics, which are officially-approved new versions of existing biopharmaceutical products.
Cell therapy: Companies that specialize in the replacement of diseased cells and tissues with healthy cellular material.
Drug delivery: Companies that specialize in developing compounds that deliver or improve the delivery of medicines to targeted areas in the body.
Gene therapy: Companies that specialize in the treatment of a disease by introducing a new gene into a cell through the use of recombinant DNA technology. The new gene may be used to replace a function that is missing because of a defective gene or to treat a genetic disorder.
Generics: Companies whose primary research area is generic medicines which are drugs that are chemically equivalent to a particular medicine, innovated by another company, on which the patent has since expired.
Molecular diagnostics: Companies developing new probe molecules whose focus is the discovery and validation of molecules, rather than the invention of new medical devices.
Nucleic acid drugs: Companies that specialize in developing nucleic acids that act as drugs for inhibiting gene expression or protein synthesis.
Peptides: Companies that specialize in developing peptide based drugs.
Proteins: Companies that specialize in developing protein based drugs.
Small molecules: Companies that specialize in developing small molecule compounds.
Stem cells: Companies that specialize in the use of stem cells as a therapeutic or to repair specific tissues or to grow organs.
Vaccines: Companies whose primary research area is the development of vaccines either for disease therapy or prevention.
Other: Therapeutic biotechnology companies specialized in an area not mentioned above.
 

NOTES FOR CATEGORIZATION

Companies that should be categorized as Biotech-therapeutics and diagnostics include those that:
  • have their own R&D facilities
  • have a development pipeline of novel drugs
  • derive or intend to derive most of their business from the discovery and development of novel therapeutic compounds
Companies that should not be categorized as Biotech-therapeutics and diagnostics include those that:
  • only manufacture or distribute drugs but do not do their own research
  • are only involved with generic compounds and do not develop any novel compounds
  • only provide a service but do not develop their own compounds
  • have extensive manufacturing facilities and sales forces (these are Pharma companies)
 
BIOTECHNOLOGY/ R&D SERVICES top
Companies that fall under the Biotechnology / R&D Services category are those that provide support services such as product development services, analytical services, screening, contract manufacturing and contract R&D to the biotechnology industry.
 
Analytical services: Companies that provide analytical services.
Biochips: Companies that produce biochips for other companies to use in their development process.
Bioelectronics: Companies that produce bioelectronics for other companies to use in their development process.
Bioinformatics: Companies that provided bioinformatics services such as the analysis of biological information using computers and statistical techniques.
Cell culture: Companies that culture cells for other companies to use in their development process.
CMO (Contract Manufacturing Organization): Companies that take-over the manufacturing responsibilities for another company.
CRO (Contract Research Organization): Companies that conduct research for other companies on a contract basis.
Diagnostic instrumentation: Companies that develop diagnostic tests and kits.
Diagnostic services: Companies that carry out diagnostic test for other companies.
Drug delivery: Companies that research and develop methods of drug delivery for other companies.
Fill & finish: Companies that provide fill and finish services.
Genomics: Companies that study and define nucleotide sequences, including genes, regulatory sequences, and noncoding DNA segments, for other companies.
Proteomics: Companies that identify and modify proteins for other companies to use in their development process.
Screening: Companies that screen potential therapeutic compounds for other companies by performing various test and assays.
Synthesis services: Companies that synthesize molecules for other companies.
Other: Companies that provide other support services to biotechnology companies.
 

NOTES FOR CATEGORIZATION

Some companies may have both a drug development and a service component; generally, if the majority of the company's employees work in R&D then the company should not be categorized as a service company even if they have a service component.

 
BIOTECHNOLOGY - OTHER top
Companies that fall under the Biotechnology - Other category are all of those that apply the concepts of biotechnology (using living organisms or biological substances for the development of products and services) to areas other than drug development for medical use. Examples of areas covered under biotechnology - other are Agrobio companies, cosmetic companies, environmental companies, food technology companies, industrial biotechnology companies, nutraceutical companies and veterinary companies.
 
AgBio: Companies that apply the principles of biotechnology to agricultural uses such as the production of pesticides or extension of fruit and vegetable shelf life.
Cosmetics: Companies that apply the principles of biotechnology to the production of cosmetics.
Environmental: Companies that apply the principles of biotechnology to the protection and restoration of the environment through processes such as waste water treatment and clean energy production.
Food: Companies that apply the principles of biotechnology to the production and processing of food.
Industrial Biotechnology: Companies that apply the principles of biotechnology to industrial processes.
Nutraceuticals: Companies that develop natural products for a therapeutic purpose.
Veterinary: Companies whose primary product area is are centered on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of animals, particularly domestic animals.
Other: Companies that apply the principles of biotechnology in an area not mentioned above that does not involve therapeutic medicine or the provision of a service.
 

NOTES FOR CATEGORIZATION

Companies should fulfill all of the criteria for biotechnology-therapeutic companies however be concerned not with medical research for human use but with agro biology, cosmetics, the environment, food technology, industrial biotechnology, nutraceuticals or veterinary medicine.

 
PHARMACEUTICAL top
Pharmaceutical companies are commercial enterprises that research, develop, produce and sell drugs and other medicines. In today's economy these enterprises are usually large companies that deal both in branded and generic compounds and rely, at least partially, on smaller biotechnology companies for in-licensing of novel compounds for their pipelines.
 
Antibodies: Companies whose primary product area is the production of antibodies.
Anti-infectives: Companies whose primary product area is anti-infective compounds such as antibiotics.
Biosimilars: Companies whose primary product area is biosimilars, also called follow-on biologics, which are officially-approved new versions of existing biopharmaceutical products.
Cell therapy: Companies that specialize in the replacement of diseased cells and tissues with healthy cellular material.
Drug delivery: Companies that specialize in developing compounds that deliver or improve the delivery of medicines to targeted areas in the body.
Gene therapy: Companies that specialize in the treatment of a disease by introducing a new gene into a cell through the use of recombinant DNA technology. The new gene may be used to replace a function that is missing because of a defective gene or to treat a genetic disorder.
Generics: Companies whose primary product area is generic medicines which are drugs that are chemically equivalent to a particular medicine, innovated by another company, on which the patent has since expired.
Molecular diagnostics: Companies developing new probe molecules whose focus is the discovery and validation of molecules, rather than the invention of new medical devices.
Nucleic acid drugs: Companies that specialize in developing nucleic acids that act as drugs for inhibiting gene expression or protein synthesis.
Peptides: Companies that specialize in developing peptide based drugs.
Proteins: Companies that specialize in developing protein based drugs.
Small molecules: Companies that specialize in developing small molecule compounds.
Stem cells: Companies that specialize in the use of stem cells as a therapeutic or to repair specific tissues or to grow organs.
Vaccines: Companies whose primary activity is the development of vaccines either for disease therapy or prevention.
Other: Pharmaceutical companies specialized in an area not mentioned above.
 

NOTES FOR CATEGORIZATION

Pharmaceutical companies are usually much larger than biotechnology companies and generate positive revenues.
 
Companies that should be categorized as pharmaceutical include those that:
  • May have their own R&D facilities but also develop, manufacture, market and sell drugs
  • Produce generic compounds as well as branded compounds
Companies that should not be categorized as pharmaceutical include those that:
  • Have only R&D facilities but do not market any products
  • Only provide a service and do not market any of their own products
  • Only manufacture or distribute drugs for another company
  • Are only a subsidiary of a company headquartered elsewhere and do not, in themselves, fulfill all of the functions of a pharmaceutical company (should be categorized as a subsidiary)
 
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY top
Medical technology companies are involved in research, development, production and marketing of systems and devices for medical applications in humans and animals.
 
Active implantable devices: Companies whose primary area of research is active implantable devices.
Anesthetic and respiratory devices: Companies whose primary area of research is anesthetic and respiratory devices.
Biomaterials: Companies whose primary area of research is biomaterials.
Coatings: Companies that produce coatings for medication or devices.
Delivery devices: Companies whose primary area of research is devices for the delivery of therapeutics to target areas of the body.
Dental devices: Companies that produce dental devices.
Diagnostic and therapeutic radiation devices: Companies that produce medical devices that utilize radiation.
Diagnostic devices: Companies that produce diagnostic devices (e.g. in vitro diagnosis or other non-radiation diagnostic devices).
Electro mechanical medical devices: Companies whose primary area of research is electro mechanical medical devices.
Hospital Hardware: Companies that produce hospital hardware.
Imaging: Companies whose primary area of research is imaging.
Non-active implantable devices: Companies whose primary area of research is non-active implantable devices.
Ophthalmic and optical devices: Companies whose primary area of research is ophthalmic and optical devices.
Regenerative Medicine: Companies whose primary area of research is regenerative medicine.
Reusable instruments: Companies that produce reusable instrument for medical use.
Single use devices: Companies whose primary area of research is single use devices.
Technical aids for disabled persons: Companies that produce technical aids for disable persons such as prosthesis or hearing aids.
Wound Care: Companies whose primary area of research is wound care.
Other: Companies that produce other medical devices.
 
 
INVESTORS top
The investor category includes all types financing sources for life sciences companies. This includes bank funds, public funds, venture capital funds, business angels, corporate investors, institutional investors, private investors, and foundations.
 
Bank fund: An investment fund owned by a bank.
Business angel: A private investor who invests directly into entrepreneurial companies for equity and provides both finance and business expertise.
Corporate investor: a company that invests in and acquires control of other companies.
Foundation:: An organization supporting newly created companies through financing/grants and possibly in kind as well.
Institutional investor: A financial institution such as a bank, mutual fund, insurance company, or pension fund that purchases securities in large quantities.
Leasing: Companies providing financing through leasing for equipment and other assets.
Private investor: An individual that makes a private investment directly into a company.
Public fund: A publicly listed investment fund.
Venture Capital Fund: A special form of private equity fund, established in the form of a trust or a company, which focuses its investments into companies which are in their early stages of growth.
Other: Other potential sources of financing for life science companies.
 

NOTES FOR CATEGORIZATION

This category does not include fundraising companies, which do not provide their own capital as the institution must have funds available.

 
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND CONSULTING top
Companies in this category provide consulting and services to the life sciences sector in areas such as deal arrangement, event organization, finance, marketing, law, sales, translation, valuation and others.
 
Business Development: Companies that provide consulting and services in the area of business development; such as finding and assisting with licensing deals.
Communication & PR/IR: Companies that provide consulting and services in the area of communication and public relations; such as writing press releases and handling investor relations.
Deal arranger: Companies that aid in deal arrangement between other companies.
Drug Development Consulting: Companies that provide services and consulting in the area of drug development, regulatory and clinical affairs.
Due diligence: Companies that perform due diligence for other companies.
Event organization: Companies that organize events for other companies.
Financial services: Companies providing fund raising and financial consulting services.
Human Resources Services: Companies that manage human resources duties such as hiring for other companies.
Information provider: Companies that research and provide relevant information to other companies.
IT Services: Companies that provide IT services for other companies.
Legal Services: Companies that provide legal services and advice on to other companies on various matters such as contracts, law suits and insurance.
Management consulting: Companies that provide management consulting to other companies in various areas such as strategy and value chain management.
Market access: Companies that provide services to facilitate market entry into specific markets.
Market research: Companies that provide market research services.
Operations/Health & safety/Purchasing: Companies that provide services in the areas of operations, health & safety as well as purchasing.
Patents & trademarks: Companies that provide services and consulting in the area of patents and trademarks.
Property management/Real estate: Companies that manage the property and real estate of other companies.
Reimbursement & pricing: Companies that provide consulting services on the topic of pricing and reimbursement.
Sales & marketing: Companies that provide sales and marketing support.
Technology Transfer: Companies that support the transfer of technology from universities or reasearch institutes.
Translation services: Companies that perform language translation.
Valuation: Companies that perform independent valuations of companies wanting to know their value prior to seeking a licensing agreement or further funding.
Other: Other service or consulting providers in the life science industry.
 
PUBLIC / NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS / MEDICAL FACILITIES top
This category includes government owned institutions as well as companies that operate on a not for profit basis such as foundations, hospitals and research institutes.
 
Foundation: A non-profit organization that conducts charitable activities or provides funding for the charitable activities of other companies.
Governmental organization: An organization entirely owned or managed by the government.
Hospital: an institution where sick or injured are given medical or surgical care.
Industry Association: An organization representing the professional, trade or commercial interests of its members.
Institute: An organization founded to promote a specific cause such as a research organization created to perform research on specific topics.
Private clinic: A privately owned facility, often associated with a hospital, established for the purpose of diagnosing and caring of outpatients.
Research Facility: An entity that operates on a fee-for-service scheme, and is either a scientific infrastructure or a technology platform offering access to; sophisticated equipment, training and experimental advice and entire workflows for sample preparation and analysis.
Science / Technology Park: A development, usually initiated by the government, comprising of highly specified office and laboratory space designed to encourage localization of high technology companies.
University: An institution for higher education with teaching and research facilities that awards degrees at bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels.
Other: Any other public or nonprofit organization associated with the life sciences.
 
SUPPLIER & ENGINEERING top
Suppliers include companies that provide materials, components, products and goods. Engineering companies are those that design, manufacture, and operate structures, machines, processes, and systems.
 
Chemicals: Companies that manufacture or engineer chemicals.
Distributors: Companies that distribute products for another company.
Electronics: Companies that manufacture or engineer electronics.
Instrumentation: Companies that provide laboratory and production instrumentation.
Laboratory consumables and reagents: Companies that manufacture or engineer consumable products.
Laboratory engineering: Companies that plan and build laboratories and install the required equipment.
Laboratory equipment: Companies that manufacture or engineer laboratory equipment.
Medical devices: Companies that distribute medical devices but do not develop them themselves.
Packaging & Labeling: Companies that provide packaging and labeling.
Precision mechanics: Companies that manufacture precision parts.
Production engineering: Companies the engineer production areas.
Software / eHealth: Companies that provide eHealth systems and other life science related software.
Synthetic materials: Companies that provide synthetic materials such as special plastics or synthetic rubbers.
Other: Any other companies acting as a supplier or engineer for life science companies.
 
MEDIA top
Media companies disseminate information to targeted audiences through news casts, newspapers, on-line publications, television and radio.
 
News agency: An organization that collects and disseminates news to subscribers such as newspapers, periodicals and news casters.
Newspaper: A publication, usually issued daily or weekly, containing current news, editorials, and featured articles on various topics as well as assorted advertising.
Online Publication: A publication such as a newspaper or magazine that is distributed over the internet.
Trade Press: Specialist publications aimed at audiences in particular industries or business sectors.
TV & Radio: Channels for distributing video and audio information to the public.
Other: Any other organization focused on gathering and distributing information.